The Table is Set!

Conference on Food Identity and European Cities

This conference offers interactive presentations and debates between researchers, city representatives and food practitioners on new trends in the food system and cities’ role in it. The conference has a central focus on food identity and sociocultural inclusion with the specific setting of Almere as a highly diverse multicultural society. The programme offers various lectures of renowned speakers and several interactive workshops.

Location: Floriade Expo 2022, Almere, the Netherlands.
Date: 23rd of June 2022, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Registration is closed

Programme

9.30 – 10.00 Registration and welcome coffee in Conference Pavilion
10.00-10.20 Opening and Welcome

by Jan Hoek, Alderman city of Almere and Xander de Bruine, Floriade Expo 2022 (chair)

10.20-11.00 From Carrot Stew to Sopropo: The Changing Appetite of Almere 

How can we promote sustainable, safe and healthy food consumption patterns among all groups within the Almere metropolitan region? And what are lessons from experiences in Almere for cities worldwide?

This talk addresses the city of Almere, with its prominent food policy, location in a food-producing hinterland and multi-cultural population, as an informative living lab for food system transformations.

Sigrid Wertheim-Heck, Lector Food and Healthy Living at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences Almere

in collaboration with Anke Brons, Koen van der Gaast and Jan-Eelco Jansma, PhD’s Food and Healthy Living Aeres University of Applied Sciences Almere

11.00-11.45 What lessons from cities? 

Inspiring city experiences with food policies addressing food identity, sociocultural inclusion and regional food provisioning

Birmingham food strategy: creating a social movement for change in a culturally diverse city

Tessa Lindfield, Assistant Director Public Health Division, Birmingham

Strengthening local food supply chains for Feeding the city of Milan

Elisa Porreca, Food Policy Officer, Milan

Promoting a healthy and socially inclusive food environment in and around schools

Lieta Goethijn, Food Policy Officer, Gent

11.45-12.00  Coffee Break

12.00-12.30 Almere as Innovation Lab

To directly engage Almere’s citizens in research, carry out experiments, and to communicate research findings, Flevo Campus rents a shop in Almere’s city centre. In this contribution we reflect on this particular way of doing research. We share lessons learned, surprises, synergies, difficulties and successes, and elaborate on how Flevo Campus is integrated with education and research at Aeres University of Applied Sciences.

Lenno Munnikes (director Flevo Campus), Gaby van der Wens (researcher Flevo Campus) and Esther Veen (Lector Urban Food Issues, Aeres University Almere)

12.30-13.00 Keynote with Carolyn Steel, Author of Hungry City and Sitopia

Thinker on food and cities Carolyn Steel will present the main lines of a new essay that she wrote for Flevo Campus

13.00-14.30  Lunch 

Discover the tastes of Floriade in the various pavilions or at the Food trucks square. Lunch is at your own expense.

14.30-15.45 Innovation workshops: discussing researchers and cities’ latest trends – Round 1

Two rounds of parallel, interactive workshops focusing on the latest trends and good practices are organized by a mix of researchers, cities, and professionals.

Each participant will be able to attend one workshop for each round. Due to limited availability, registrations for the workshops will be collected during the morning.

Workshops take place in the following locations: Conference Pavilion, Aeres University Building, Food Forum.

See description below.

15.45-16.15 Tea break

16.15-17.30 Innovation workshops: discussing researchers and cities’ latest trends – Round 2 

Two rounds of parallel, interactive workshops focusing on the latest trends and good practices are organized by a mix of researchers, cities, and professionals.

Each participant will be able to attend one workshop for each round. Due to limited availability, registrations for the workshops will be collected during the morning.

Workshops take place in the following locations: Conference Pavilion, Aeres University Building, Food Forum.

See description below.

 

Description of workshops

ROUND 1, 14.30 – 15.45

1. Master Class with Carolyn Steel, Author of Hungry City and Sitopia

Thinker on food and cities Carolyn Steel will present the main lines of a new essay that she wrote for Flevo Campus 

This master Class will be located at the Conference Pavilion (see map: #15) 

2. Cooking demonstration on Sustainable gastronomy and Decolonial Food with chefs from Valencia and Almere

Steve Anderson (Ma Khin Café & Baalbec restaurant, Valencia) and Sharon de Miranda (Food Forum, Floriade Almere) 

This workshop will be located at the Food Forum (see map: #81)

3. The Changing Appetite of Almere – Diving Deep into the challenges and lessons of the Almere food system with young researchers

Anke Brons, Koen van der Gaast and Jan-Eelco Jansma, PhD’s Food and Healthy Living  Aeres University of Applied Sciences

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 4.02

4. Aeres Citizen’s Lab: How does Sensory experience influence your food behavior? 

Many of our daily food choices are unconscious. Why does something taste the way it does? And why is it hard to control ourselves when a bowl of cookies is in front of us? In this workshop we consciously look at our behavior and the way we experience our food.

Laura van Zonneveld and Ageeth Soldaat, Aeres University of Applied Sciences

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 1.12

5. Ecological Footprint calculator: the basis for a sustainable future

Food consumption is one of the main challenges of our ecological footprint. In 2013 Guimarães implemented a new Governance ecosystem to reinforce citizens’ engagement: the ecological Footprint calculator is a tool that allows citizens and the municipality to develop a course of action that enables them to follow a more sustainable path.

The tool is a part of Guimarães’s local action sustainable plan and it is a bottom-up strategy that increases local knowledge on food consumption. It serves mainly as a means of diagnosis and monitoring of individual ecological footprint, facilitating the prioritization of actions to be taken as well as raising awareness among citizens.

Informal chat led by Luis Pliteiro, city of Guimarães

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 4.03

 

Description of workshops

ROUND 2, 16.15 – 17.30

1. Tipping the balance in the football canteen: Dealing with the meatball and its lovers through Emotion Networking, 

A call for change is often met with resistance. Especially when it comes to meat, which is deeply rooted in our culture and woven into our identities. In this workshop, we’re going to experience the method of Emotion Networking and its potential to bring about constructive dialogue between a pluriform group of stakeholders.

team Reinwardt Academy and Yolie Michielsen, PhD Wageningen University.

This workshop will be located at the Conference Pavilion (see map: #15) 

2. Aeres Citizen’s Lab: How does Sensory experience influence your food behavior? 

Many of our daily food choices are unconscious. Why does something taste the way it does? And why is it hard to control ourselves when a bowl of cookies is in front of us? In this workshop, we consciously look at our behavior and the way we experience our food.

Laura van Zonneveld and Ageeth Soldaat, Aeres University of Applied Sciences

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 1.12

3. Food procurement: how to bring cities experience to Europe and influence the European legislation on minimum mandatory food procurement criteria part of the Farm to Fork.

The European Commission is looking to introduce minimum mandatory food procurement criteria as part of the EU sustainable food system legislation. Which criteria should be introduced and how this will affect the work of cities? 

informal chat led by Giorgia Dalla Libera, from ICLEI-local government for sustainability and Anja De Cunto, Eurocities

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 4.02

4. People’s Canteen Almere: Farmers markets in Valencia: a conversation with farmers of the Tira de Contar.

Is it desirable and possible to develop a new public service for better food, similar to social housing or public transport? Based on the idea that equal access to healthy and sustainable food is a public task and that a basic provision could facilitate eating differently across society and in a more culturally diverse way?  The People’s canteen is an eating place in the heart of Almere supported by Flevo Campus that investigates this idea and wants to become a new basic facility for good and affordable food. 

Floris Visser, People’s Canteen Almere

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 4.03

5. Milan Pact Awards as a tool for best practice exchange

The Milan Pact Awards are one of the most effective tools to foster city to city cooperation and encourage cities’ exchange of best practices within the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. The workshop will provide an in-depth presentation of the current 2022 call for submission as well as an overview of the most representative and interesting MPA European practices in past editions in the different MUFPP categories. The aim of the MPA is to inspire action in other cities so policymakers and city officers will have hands-on experience of best food practices in Europe.

Filippo Gavazzeni, Milan Urban Food Policy Pact secretariat

This workshop will be located at the Aeres University Building (see map: #98) Room 4.04

Entrance, tickets, and location

Entrance and participation are free of charge. Registration for this conference is closed.

Partners

The Table is Set is a joint initiative of the Municipality of Almere, Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Flevo Campus, Floriade Expo 2022, Province of Flevoland, Eurocities Working Group Food, FoodTrails and the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact.

This program is developed in collaboration with

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